Posts filed under ‘12-string’

A Hard Days Night

A Hard Day’s Night was released in 1964. Directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, the film was a financial and critical success. The title song topped the charts in both the United Kingdom and United States when it was released as a single.

My instrumental arrangement slows it down a bit and also changes the feel as well.


May 10, 2017 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

If I Needed Someone

If I Needed Someone” was written by George Harrison and recorded by the Beatles for their 1965 album Rubber Soul. In North America, it was one of the tracks that Capitol Records omitted from Rubber Soul and instead included on the 1966 release Yesterday and Today.

Harrison wrote the song for fiancée Pattie Boyd (also known as Eric Clapton’s “Layla”), whom he married in January 1966.  The song serves as an example of the reciprocal influences exchanged between the Beatles and the American folk rock band the Byrds during the mid 1960s.

April 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Ferry Cross the Mersey

“Ferry Cross the Mersey” is a song I’ve done multiple times before; I guess I keep thinking I should do better for such a great tune.

Not many people know that this great song was actually written to be the title track of a movie. Beatles manager Brian Epstein also managed Gerry and the Pacemakers, and put the film together to feature them much as he had with the Beatles.

March 26, 2017 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Wichita Lineman

Wichita Lineman” was written by American songwriter Jimmy Webb in 1968. It was first recorded by Glen Campbell with backing from members of The Wrecking Crew. Campbell’s version, which appeared on his 1968 album of the same name, reached #3 on the U.S. pop chart, remaining in the Top 100 for 15 weeks.

This is truly a great song. I encourage you to find and listen to Johnny A’s  version. My instrumental arrangement is based more on the original.

February 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

Needles and Pins

Needles and Pins” was written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono (yes, *that* Sonny Bono).  The song was originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1963. Although her version never cracked the US top 40, I recommend it over the Searchers better known version from 1964.

Other versions of the song were recorded by Del Shannon, Cher, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, and the Turtles. It was also a number 1 hit in France when recorded in French by Petula Clark entitled ‘La Nuit N’en finit Plus’.

The Ventures featured it in on their album “Fabulous Ventures” in 1964.


February 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

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